Finding Solutions to the Inversion

  • Capitol Complex, State Office Building Auditorium (map)
  • 450 N State St
  • Salt Lake City, UT, 84114
  • United States

Finding Solutions to the Inversion
Utah Breakfast Club Event
Utah State Capitol Complex, State Office Building Auditorium
Thursday, February 12 2015
7 a.m.-7:30 a.m. Networking
7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Breakfast Club Event

One of the clearest problems that Utah faces is the very unclear pollution within the inversion days experienced in January and February. With economic growth accelerating, population growth not far behind, many signs point to continued and worsening periods of inversion. Are there positive signs? If so, what are they? What policy levers does the state and the legislature have to address these hazy and unhealthy days? And what of the Environmental Protection Agency's "Tier 3" fuel standards? Will the national rollout of EPA rules help or hurt air quality in Utah?

Kerry Kelly, University of Utah and Utah State Air Quality Board
Kerry Kelly is Associate Director of the Program for Air Quality, Health, and Society and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. She is also a professional engineer and Vice Chair of the State Air Quality Board.   Her research focuses on air quality, carbon management and the evaluation of emerging energy technologies including consideration of their associated health, environmental, policy and performance issues.  She recently published a study on the contributors to fine particulate matter during winter-time inversions along the Wasatch Front.  

Alan Matheson, Senior Environmental Advisor, Gov. Gary Herbert
Alan Matheson has been the Senior Environmental Advisor to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert since October, 2011 and State Planning Coordinator since September, 2013.  He oversees the “Your Utah Your Future” statewide growth-planning initiative, coordinates planning efforts among state agencies, and works closely with stakeholders throughout Utah to develop sound natural resource and environmental policy and implement environmental initiatives.  Matheson previously served as Executive Director of Envision Utah, where he oversaw numerous regional initiatives to help communities address growth challenges in ways consistent with their values.  He He has served on several boards and committees, including the Western Governors’ Association Staff Advisory Council (Chair), Envision Utah Board of Trustees (Vice Chair), Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) board (Secretary), Wasatch Front Regional Council, Mountain Accord Management and Executive Committees, and the Sandy City Planning Commission (Chair).  He received the 2013 Sandy City “Key to the City” and the 2014 League of Women Voters Community Service Award.

Lee J. Peacock, Utah Petroleum Association
Lee Peacock is the President of the Utah Petroleum Association (UPA). UPA is a statewide, petroleum trade association representing companies involved in all aspects of Utah’s oil and natural gas industries. UPA works closely with local, state and federal executives, legislators and regulators to ensure Utah becomes and remains a great place for the petroleum industry to be successful. UPA member companies find, produce, transport and refine the vast majority of the oil and natural gas resources in the State of Utah, and do so in a safe, environmentally responsible manner. Lee is a graduate of the University of Utah and resides in Highland, Utah.

Shawn Teigen, Research Director, Utah Foundation
Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Utah. Shawn worked as a housing policy analyst with Community Action Partnership of Utah and has worked for Utah’s chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. He serves on the board of directors of several public-sector, private-sector and non-profit organizations, including as chairperson of the Salt Lake City Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board. During much of his career, Shawn provided consulting services to early-stage businesses in addition to executing an extensive research effort to found an organization focused on foreign investment-related economic development. Shawn has always been active in volunteering, including having spent two years in Kazakhstan with the U.S. Peace Corps.

Moderator - Drew Clark, Founder, Utah Breakfast Club; Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie
Drew Clark is a member of Kirton McConkie's Corporate section and the Government and Utilities industry section. His experience lies at the intersection of law, media and Internet infrastructure. His practice specializes in information technology, telecommunications, intellectual property, public utilities and contract drafting and negotiations.

(Photograph by Nate Grigg)

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